Who should buy the Asolo Arctic GV
The Arctic GV from Asolo is designed to let you know that your next winter adventure will be as safe and enjoyable as it can be. It's for you if:
- Hiking in below-zero temperatures is how you roll.
- You've been looking for trail boots that are quite protective minus the weightiness.
- The terrain you negotiate requires you to traverse slick, frozen surfaces.
- You prefer comfy shoes that have a true-to-size fit.
Who should NOT buy it
If you're on a tight budget, the Arctic GV (priced at $300 per pair) might not be for you. In its place, consider the non-waterproof Columbia Fairbanks Omni-Heat Boot, which sells for only $130. Also, you're better off with the KEEN Revel IV High Polar if you need something with dedicated D-rings, which make strapping on a pair of gaiters a whole lot easier.
Arctic GV: Your mobile campfire
The Asolo Arctic GV helps feet remain toasty for hours. One of its reviewers swears by its amazing warming capabilities, even at temperatures as low as -20°C.
Your investment may be justified by the Arctic GV’s highly durable construction. Case in point: its mesh upper has mostly triple the stitching and comes with full-on abrasion-resistant mudguards (a.k.a. randing).
The Asolo Arctic GV's remarkable comfort level is one for the books. Indeed, immense pampering is what you'll get within its fully padded and insulated confines.
Piggy-bank-breaking asking price
This piece from Asolo is not a joke price-wise. After all, it sells for no less than $300 per pair. In comparison, the average cost of snow hiking boots is roughly $195.
Asolo Arctic GV: The snow lizard
Testers are quite impressed with the Arctic GV's sticking prowess, particularly on ice. A critic even said this in his vlog, “To me, it’s close to a spiked shoe!”
Almost everyone who has purchased this looker of a boot is impressed with its astonishing lightness, considering its solid and protective construction and heavy-duty sole unit.
The Arctic GV doesn't have D-Rings, making gaiters with lace hooks somewhat tricky to secure.
Asolo Arctic GV: Making winter adventurers cooler
No pun intended on that “cooler” bit, but in all seriousness, the Arctic GV has unique tricks up its sleeve that few hiking boots have. These out-of-the-ordinary elements are as follows:
Recco rescue system. There is a reason why snow boots often come in vibrant colorways—visibility in emergency situations. While the Arctic GV does not have striking hues, it does have Recco reflectors. These reflectors can be detected by a Recco tracker, even if they are buried some 20 ft beneath the snow!
Winter-specific outsole. Courtesy of Vibram, the Arctic GV’s outsole is capable of maintaining its grip level in below-zero conditions. This means that its lugs will not freeze on you, giving you optimum surface traction over frozen trails and packed snow.
Exclusive last. Engineered with snugness and flexibility in mind, the Arctic GV offers an intimate fit without restricting the foot during transitions. The same personalized confines can also be found in the women’s version, whose contours allow for freer maneuvers specific to the female foot.
The GV in its name signifies that the boot comes with both a Gore-Tex membrane and a Vibram outsole. This naming convention applies to almost every Asolo shoe that has both technologies.